Season 5 Episode 3

Identity Crisis

Aired Unknown Nov 02, 1975 on NBC

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  • McGoohan is back!

    After his first tangle with the Lieutenant in Season 4, Patrick McGoohan returns to "Columbo" as a CIA agent who must kill a colleague to protect his interests.

    McGoohan and Falk have wonderful chemistry, and it is said that their rapport grew out of their mutual desire for perfection on the set. McGoohan is a very different character from his military academy commandant in "By Dawn's Early Light;" here, Bremmer is liberal, cosmopolitan, aloof...deceptively so. But once again, he looks down his nose at Columbo, viewing him more as a pest than an actual threat.

    Leslie Nielsen also returns, this time as a victim. It's always funny to see him playing a "straight" serious role after seeing him in "The Naked Gun" and "Airplane."

    It's a Columbo episode with a more friendly adversary. There's never any outright hostility between the two men, and there's quiet acknowledgement of Columbo's prowess by McGoohan at the close of the show.